Lightning Talk

Using a Multifaceted Approach to Assess Knowledge of Interprofessional Education Through the AHEC Scholars Fellowship Program

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

A substantial number of interprofessional learning experiences have been developed using didactic formats, yet students often find these experiences artificial and the impacts of these experiences often dissipate once learners enter the clinical environment.1-5 There is consensus that IPE should be integrated into clinical education settings or other experiential contexts.5

This session will highlight a recent, nationally-implemented educational intervention that situates IPE within the context of community and overall health system transformation - the AHEC Scholars program. Utilizing the Kirkpatrick Model, we will share how we utilized a multifaceted approach of didactic, community-based experiences, and capstone projects to move our cohort of scholars to recognize the value of team-based care and apply the competencies learned to address current health needs in their communities.

This session will describe the methodology, rationale, benefits, and challenges of the AHEC Scholars community-based interprofessional fellowship and discuss opportunities for partnerships in community-based interprofessional education with the AHEC Scholars program nationwide.


1. Meszaros, K., Lopes, I., Goldsmigh, P., & Knapp, K. (2011). Interprofessional education: Cooperation among osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and physician assistant students to recognize medical errors. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.111(4), 213-218.
2. MacDonnell, C.P., Rege, S.V., Misto, K., Dollase, R., and George, P. (2012). An introductory interprofessional exercise for healthcare students. American Journal of Pharmacy Education. 76(8), 1-2.

3. Rosenfield, D., Oandasan, I., and Reeves, S. (2011). Perceptions versus reality: a qualitative study of students’ expectations and experiences of interprofessional education. Medical Education. 45(5):471-477.

4. World health Organization. (2010). Framework for action on interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Retrieved from:;jsessionid=2A244A5D9ADF2B3E7E5F13ABB247F5EA?sequence=1

5. National Academy of Sciences. (2015). Measuring the impact of interprofessional education on collaborative practice and patient outcomes. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. Retrieved from: